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Jakarta Post

Bangka Belitung in fight against malaria

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 29 2012   /  09:19 am

Living in an endemic malaria region, Elda, 25, is cautious every time she gets a fever.

Two days ago, she went to a community health center near her home in Batu Belubang village, Pangkalan Baru, in the regency of Bangka Tengah as she was suffering a fever together with a headache and nausea.

Sitting in front of the laboratory at the Benteng community health center, Elda could not hide her concern that she was infected with malaria.

“I’m really worried that I might be suffering from malaria as I’m pregnant now,” she told The Jakarta Post during a recent visit. She had never suffered from malaria before.

Malaria prevalence in Bangka Belitung remains high apparently due to a number of abandoned mines, which have become habitats for mosquitoes. Yet, most local people think that malaria poses no serious health problems.

They even believe that li...